Events 8/10-8/16: Philly Free Streets, Mustard Seed Drag Show, Theater in the X Presents The Wiz, & More!

The latest and greatest things happening in Philly from Friday, August 10 to Thursday, August 16. Share your event by tweeting us @citywidestories or tagging us on Facebook.


Nicetown CDC Give Back Festival  

August 10-11

Nicetown Park

Cost: Free

Come out to the 16th annual Give Back Festival! This year’s festivities will feature live bands, fun kids activities and pop-up workouts. You won’t want to miss this fun community event!


The Ghostly Circus: Dante’s Inferno  

August 10-11

7 – 9 pm  

Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge Ave.

Cost: $30 in advance; $40 at the door; $15 for kids 12 and under

Are you ready for some summertime spooks? 7textures is coming to Laurel Hill Cemetery for an evening of enchanting fire and aerial performances with the Ghostly Circus. This unique, other-worldly show features contemporary circus arts with live music and a Dance-with-the-Dead After-Party.


Summer Star Party

Friday, August 10

6 – 9:30 pm

Cope House at Awbury Arboretum

1 Awbury Rd.

Cost: Free

Spend a night under the stars at Awbury Arboretum’s Cope house to enjoy hands-on children’s activities before dusk. You can also BYO-telescope, to get a look at the stars and planets, or use the astronomer’s telescope that will be available. With clear skies, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn will be visible! Have any questions? Ask the on-site astronomer from the Franklin Institute!


Philly Free Streets

Saturday, August 11

8 am – 1 pm

Broad St. Between City Hall & Erie Ave.

Cost: Free

Your parents may have warned you not to run in the streets, but you can ignore that during Philly Free Streets, since there will be 8 miles (roundtrip) of car free roads spanning between City Hall and Erie Ave. You can also expect to see special activations from local businesses and artists along the way. Don’t miss this annual opportunity to explore new neighborhoods and meet your neighbors!


Sloppy Copy

Saturday, August 11

12 – 5 pm

Fleisher Art Memorial

719 Catharine St.

Cost: Free

Copy, paste, repeat at this outdoor festival hosted by Fleischer Art Memorial. Come out to see work by Philadelphia screen-printers, independent artists, and collectives, as well as some yummy food trucks! All proceeds from this event will go towards making art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience.


Good Libations Market

Saturday, August 11

10 am – 2 pm

Greensgrow Farms  

2501 E Cumberland St.  

Cost: Free

The cider scene is growing in Philly. Come out to Greensgrow Farms to sample some of PA’s finest in cider, such as Ploughman Farm Cider and Commonwealth Cider! Greensgrow’s Farmstand runs by the motto “fresh, local and delicious,” so you know it’s going to be tasty!


Theatre in the X presents THE WIZ  

Sunday, August 12

5 pm  

Malcolm X Park

5150 Pine St.

Cost: Free (donations welcome)

Theater should be accessible to all, which is why Theatre in the X is bringing The Wiz to Malcolm X Park for free! This performance will be an homage to Hip Hop and Black cinema of the late 80s/early 90s, as our iconic characters will journey through an Oz remixed with all the nuance and cultural swag of the Black experience in America.


Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series: Wet Hot American Summer

Wednesday, August 15

8:30 – 11 pm


140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Cost: Free

Celebrate summer with the ridiculous cult classic that is Wet Hot American Summer! Taking place in the ‘80s over the course of the last day of camp, a motley group of counselors set out to tie up romantic loose ends and possibly save the world from a giant meteorite.


Philadelphia Folk Festival  

August 16 – 19  

10 am – 9:30 pm

Old Pool Farm

Clemmers Mill and Salford Station Rds.

Cost: $10 – $515 (depending on camping needs and number of days attending concert)

Folk music lovers across Philadelphia unite at the Philadelphia Folk Festival for four days of camping and music! The Folk Festival is a perfect family event, with puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, hands-on crafts and of course, kid-oriented musicians.


Mustard Seed Drag Show

Thursday, August 16

8:30 – 10 pm  

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St.

Cost: $10

Come join Mustard Seed Film Festival for a star-studded South Asian drag night to help kick off the Mustard Seed Film festival! Bring your friends, fam, neighbors, lovers, ex-lovers, future lovers, frenemies, and a big ol’ wad of bills to tip your performers!